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Nov 29, 2002

Tampa-Yucatan ferry will help Belize

It’s a service that started a few years ago, but quickly folded. Now the idea is back…hopefully to stay. What I’m talking about is a ferry service between Tampa, Florida and the Yucatan Peninsula. The Yucatan Express is a luxury cruise ferry that, according to its advertisements, allows passengers to enjoy the fun of a Caribbean cruise with the convenience of having your own vehicle once you reach land–in this case, Cancun and Progresso. The advantages for Belize and Belizeans are obvious. In the first place, it provides a new way for tourists to travel to Belize and particularly to enjoy our mainland attractions. It neatly coincides with the completion of new border facilities at Santa Elena, as well as the upgrading of the Southern Highway. Secondly, it offers Belizean families a cheaper and more interesting alternative to reach the States for a vacation than air travel. But perhaps most important to many people looking for a vehicle, the ferry provides a handy way to import a car without the hassle of a marathon drive through Mexico. The trip from Cancun is easily done in less than a day with plenty of good sightseeing on the way. For more information, viewers can visit the website at Yucatan express dot com. Please note that the ship operates twice weekly through April twenty-third, when it returns to Canada for the summer season.

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